Tuesday, September 23, 2008

New Identity Theft Regulations

We've updated Mass. Law About Identity Theft to include a new regulation, 201 CMR 17, and new Executive Order #504.

The regulation, which takes effect Jan. 1, 2009, requires those who keep personal information about individuals to meet certain minimum security standards for both paper and electronic records. One provision, for example, requires all personal data on laptops or other portable devices to be encrypted. The executive order requires state agencies to take similar security precautions.

Monday, September 22, 2008

New Regulations to Allow Civilian Flaggers

The Executive Office of Transportation has issued new regulations, 701 CMR 7, to allow the use of civilian flaggers instead of police details at some road construction sites. The regulations will become effective upon publication in the Mass. Register on October 3, 2008.

While the new regulations have engendered some controversy (see, for example, the Boston Globe's Unions Lose on Police Details), a report by the Executive Office gives the following results for a survey done in 1995 of all fifty states: "Forty state DOTs replied to the survey with thirty indicating that they used a combination of road flaggers and police details, and ten indicating that they exclusively used road flaggers. Massachusetts was the only state exclusively using police details."

Much more information is available from the Executive Office of Transportation's Road Flaggers and Police Details page.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Potty Parity Law Applies to Everyone

Today's Boston Globe reports that some school districts in the state with high schools under construction don't want to comply with the state's "potty parity" law, 248 CMR 10.10(18), which sets out the number of toilets required for men and women at public facilities so that everyone has approximately the same wait time to use the facilities. 

While the regulations clearly set out the number of toilets required for stadiums (1 per 30 women, 1 per 60 men), the Globe reports that "many architects - as well as the plumbing engineers they consult, and municipal plumbing inspectors - had considered school athletic fields to be extensions of school buildings, not separate stadiums." But the state plumbing board disagrees, and is applying the same law to everyone. The regulations do not include exceptions for size of facility or number of days per year it is used. 

Monday, September 08, 2008

Great News for Worcester!!

Chief Justice for Administration & Management Robert A. Mulligan today announced that the Trial Court has signed a ten-year lease to relocate the Worcester Law Library to 184 Main Street -- diagonally across from the new Worcester Trial Court. Construction on the new location begins this week and is expected to take 5 months. For more information, see the CJAM's Press Release at http://www.mass.gov/courts/press/pr090808.html.